Many have wondered what this means? How could the "Prince of Peace" (as the Messiah is described in Isiah, 9:6) declare that He in fact does not come to bring peace?
Well we now know how to make sense of this statement. This is thanks to Jesus' teachings being given afresh, as originally presented to His disciples, along with the explanations that they themselves received from the mouth of Jesus.
How have Jesus' teachings been given afresh? - through the heart, then hand, of a humble, spiritual man in the early 1800's. Very few people have heard of this man, as he sought and received no worldly fame. It is only now in the age of the Internet that this work is being propagated and studied carefully by all those who are interested in finding truth. Jesus anticipated that His teachings would be misused and distorted over time, and this done to such a degree that most people would fall away from any interest in spiritual matters. It is for this reason that He foretold His disciples that He would return in a "Second Coming" of Christ. And now people do not understand what this "Second Coming" consists of. Just as people 2000 years ago did not understand the coming of Christ (the Jews then expected a mighty King descending from Heaven with pomp and glory, not a humble carpenter's son). But one clear aspect of this "Second Coming" is the giving anew of Christ's teachings in its original unadulterated form, and with explanations that help make sense of the issues which have caused modern people so much confusion.
But back to our "Prince of Peace" contradiction - how did Christ explain the statement: "Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword." to His disciples 2000 years ago. Well below is the explanation He provided to Jacob Lorber when He dictated His Teachings anew. But before we get to this, consider how evil the world was 200o years ago - and today it is just as bad, if not worse! How could a God of love, truth and light ever endorse such a world! How could He desert it to become even worse over time? (as humanity has witnessed since His teachings were first given). Of course against such an evil world one could well expect Him to figuratively "take up His sword" to change it into a world of true peace and love. I say figuratively because the "sword" against selfishness, greed and all sorts of other evils is in fact His acts and wise teachings of love - and that is the actual sword Jesus wields against evil, and thus also our evil world. In effect, He will not leave evil at peace. Indeed, it is this sentiment He explicitly expressed to His disciples 2000 years ago [bold emphasis added]:
"So I did also not come into this world to bring the Earth - as it is now - peace and quietness, but the sword to fight against it, and I Myself am, as eternal Truth, the sword." (GGJ, Book 9, Section 101).
Jesus then goes on to explain how He passed that sword to His disciples:
"That sword I have also given to you for the battle against Hell and its raging power."
Jesus also explains to His disciples the spiritual forces that are the source of the Hellish conditions on Earth, and from where Hell's power comes:
"Because men's extremely selfish usury and the too great lust for power and the craving for glitter represent the actual Satan, a prince of this world, who, because he does not possess any light of life from the Heavens, is completely Hell himself."
So there we have it! A deep mystery and an apparent contradition clarified through writings that provide evidence of a deeper wisdom than that possessed by the worldly scholars who have pondered this , and other perplexing questions, since Christ's coming.
"These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father." (King James Version [KJV]) John 16:25.